Facebook and Breast Cancer

I’m sure you remember the fuss last year over the fb campaign to raise breast cancer awareness by putting the colour of your bra in your status. If you have no idea what I’m talking about your probably a guy, because it was a secret girls only campaign.

Well I’m about to spill the beans on this year’s scheme. This is the message I received in my fb inbox just a few days ago.

Remember the game last year about what color bra you were wearing at the moment? The purpose was to increase awareness of October Breast Cancer Awareness month. It was a tremendous success and we had men wondering for days what was with the colors and it made it to the news. This year’s game has to do with your handbag/purse, where we put our handbag the moment we get home for example “I like it on the couch”, “I like it on the kitchen counter”, “I like it on the dresser” well u get the idea. Just put your answer as your status with nothing more than that and cut n paste this message and forward to all your FB female friends to their inbox. The bra game made it to the news. Let’s see how powerful we women really are!!!

There’s so many things wrong with this I barely know where to start.

Call me stupid but I’m not sure what this actually achieves. Awareness means nothing if no-one does anything and this campaign doesn’t encourage anything other than the ridiculous sexualisation of a very serious issue. I want women to be encouraged to self examine their breasts, I want people to give money to research, I want women who have/have had breast cancer to have a voice and speak out about this issue but this silly campaign does none of this.

That’s my major issue but another question I have is why does this show ‘how powerful we women really are’? Because sex is power? Because having a secret over men is power? If that’s the case I suggest someone has a warped sense of power. If it’s not the case I’d love someone to explain it to me.

And speaking of having a secret over men, why on earth do we want to exclude men from breast cancer awareness? I know they don’t (as often) get breast cancer, but I’ll tell you who does: their mothers, and sisters, wives and daughters. This issue affects men too and its abhorrent that we would have an awareness campaign that leaves men out.

I myself have not had breast cancer but some people very near to me have. I want everyone to have an active awareness of it, but lets raise the issue in a way that it inclusive, sensitive and loving rather than sexualising it and objectifying women.

For more on the sexualisation of breast cancer campaigns read what Melinda has to say here.

This fb free day…

… has not been entirely fb free, I’ll admit it. But I only used it to organise a real, face-to-face conversation with someone, and to wish my cousin HB so I’m calling it a win ;-)

Today I’ve used most of my day studying, but the afternoon I’m still dedicating to prayer and friends. My prayer points have been updated, I’ve spent some time praying for others, and right now I’m about to have coffee with the most lovely, and much missed, Belinda. Fb free life is good!

Facebook Free Fridays

Last night I decided that from now on my Fridays will be Facebook free. There’s a few reasons I’m doing this but ultimately I recognise that Friday afternoons are a time I easily get distracted and waste, so I’m trying to be intentional about using this time well.

My first time commitment is to prayer in two ways. First is updating people about how they can support me – particularly in prayer. So I have created a Prayer & Support page that I will try to update each week. I’d love for you to be praying for me (I definitely need it!) but, secondly, I would also love to be praying for you. If there is something I can be praying for I’d love for you to contact me and let me know. I’m going to set aside some time on my Facebook free friday to pray and would love to included you in my prayers.

I’ve got quite a few things on my list for Fridays (at this rate I’ll be needing 2 Facebook free days). At the moment my top 3 things are prayer, non-college reading and real contact with people (ie phone calls) I haven’t spoken to for a while. Anything else I should add??